Pope defends Amoris as ‘a result of two synods’

What happened?

Pope Francis has said that everything in Amoris Laetitia resulted from the synod. In an interview with the Belgian magazine Tertio, the Pope said the document was “the result of two synods, in which all the Church worked, and which the Pope made his own”. The debates at the synod on the Church’s teaching have been reignited by Amoris Laetitia, with four cardinals submitting “dubia” asking for clarification of passages which could be read as contradicting Church teaching.

What commentators are saying

At Catholic culture, Phil Lawler said that Catholics should not feel bound to accept possible novelties like Communion for the remarried. For one thing, past teachings were still valid; for another, in Amoris Laetitia Francis avoids “the sort of

authoritative statement that would command the assent of the faithful. We cannot be expected – much less commanded – to accept a new ‘teaching’ that the Pope has chosen, for his own reasons, not to make.”

At MercatorNet, Michael Cook said the Pope’s critics had missed the point. Francis’s approach “is not intended to be lax” but pastoral, guiding people to understand, appreciate and eventually love the moral law”. Its success will depend “on the priest’s determination to hold the line on Catholic doctrine”.

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